EXCLUSIVE: After decades of legal wars between Woody Allen and Mia Farrow and various jurisdictions over allegations of child sexual assault against Oscar-winning director, HBO’s Allen vs. Farrow The docuseries may have opened up a whole new battlefield.
Skyhorse Publishing is seriously considering a copyright infringement lawsuit against premium cabler and the filmmakers behind the four-part documentary series for unauthorized use of the audio from Allen’s 2020 memoir. By the way of nowhere.
“Neither the producers nor HBO approached Skyhorse to request permission to use excerpts from the audiobook,” the publisher told Deadline on Monday.
“Skyhorse received second-hand information only at the end of last week that each of the four episodes of the documentary makes extensive use of excerpts from audiobooks,” added Skyhorse.
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“Immediately on Friday, February 19, our attorney notified HBO’s in-house attorney by letter that if the use of the audiobook was close to what we were hearing, it would constitute copyright infringement. HBO has not responded to our letter. “
“Having seen the first episode, we believe that their unauthorized use of the audiobook is a clear and deliberate infringement under existing legal precedent, and that the other episodes will also infringe if they similarly appropriate the audiobook,” continued Skyhorse. .
“We will take whatever legal action we deem necessary to repair our rights and those of Woody Allen over his intellectual property.”
Skyhorse did not elaborate on his future plans beyond his statement to Deadline. HBO did not respond to requests for comment on the letter when contacted by Deadline.
Excerpts from Allen’s narrated memoirs appear throughout HBO’s four-part documentary series, including more than three minutes in the first episode alone. The Fair Use Doctrine, which allows copyrighted material to be used without permission in certain news reports, reviews, and other specific formats, generally allows less than 10 seconds of such copyrighted material to be included in a project. Author.
Allen vs. Farrow Filmmakers Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick got full access to Mia Farrow and her daughter Dylan Farrow to Allen against Farrow, covering his allegations of child sexual assault against Allen, and how the filmmaker has had control over the legal system.
Since the indictment was made in 1992, Allen has denied wrongdoing with his adopted daughter Dylan, who was 7 years old at the time of the alleged assault.
Previously, Deadline reported on Skyhorse’s official statement regarding HBO’s use of About nowhere “without permission.” Ziering and Dick used parts of the audiobook, which Allen reads, to represent their side in the documentary series. This was after the filmmakers contacted Allen, his wife Soon-Yi Previn, and Moses Farrow to participate in the documentary.
On Sunday night, a spokesperson for Allen and Previn said they “were approached less than two months ago and given only a few days to ‘respond.’ Of course, they refused to do so. “Allen and Previn’s spokesperson also said,” These documentary filmmakers were not interested in the truth. Instead, they spent years surreptitiously collaborating with the Farrows and their facilitators to put together a plagued ax job. of falsehoods “.
Allen’s memoirs were originally published by Grand Central Publishing, a publisher of the Hachette Book Group, the same publisher of his son Ronan Farrow’s investigative novel Harvey Weinstein. Catch and kill. Farrow called Hachette and there was a strike by 75 of the publisher’s employees in protest at the publication of Allen’s autobiography. After Hachette canceled the memoir, Skyhorse collected them under its Arcade Publishing imprint in March 2020.